We’ve been warned, and now the day is here: Today, Google Chrome’s newest version that marks HTTP sites as not secure is released.
Back in February, Google let the world know that Chrome 68, getting released in July, would let internet surfers know via a warning when they’re not on a secure (HTTPS) website.
Today, Chrome 68 is here, and so is the warning. It appears as a gray banner in the URL bar that says “Not secure”:
Although your industry and audience base will determine the percentage of your website visitors who use Chrome, in general, Chrome runs away with the browser market. According to StatCounter, Chrome holds about 48% of the market share for browsers in the United States:
Making the Switch to HTTPS
Yes, even simple websites without eCommerce or logins or anything that really needs to be secure are urged to upgrade to HTTPS to continue making the web more secure. This has been one of Google’s missions lately, to make the internet a more secure place in general. For more on why they’re making this change, read their announcement about it.